By Lorine Niedecker, Jenny Lynn Penberthy
Author note: Jenny Lynn Penberthy (Editor)
The Brontës had their moors, i've got my marshes," Lorine Niedecker wrote of flood-prone Black Hawk Island in Wisconsin, the place she lived such a lot of her lifestyles. Her existence via water, as she referred to as it, couldn't were additional faraway from the avant-garde poetry scene the place she additionally made a house. Niedecker is without doubt one of the most crucial poets of her new release and a vital member of the Objectivist circle. Her paintings attracted excessive compliment from her peers—Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky, Cid Corman, Clayton Eshleman—with whom she exchanged life-sustaining letters. Niedecker used to be additionally an incredible lady poet who interrogated problems with gender, domesticity, paintings, marriage, and sexual politics lengthy earlier than the trendy feminist flow. Her marginal prestige, either geographically and as a girl, interprets right into a significant poetry.
Niedecker's lyric voice is without doubt one of the such a lot refined and sensuous of the 20th century. Her ear is consistently alive to sounds of nature, oddities of vernacular speech, textures of vowels and consonants. usually in comparison to Emily Dickinson, Niedecker writes a poetry of wit and emotion, cosmopolitan experimentation and down-home American speech. This much-anticipated quantity offers all of Niedecker's surviving poetry, performs, and inventive prose within the series in their composition. It contains many poems formerly unpublished in booklet shape plus all of Niedecker's surviving Nineteen Thirties surrealist paintings and her 1936-46 folks poetry, bringing to mild the formative experimental levels of her early profession. With an creation that gives an account of the poet's lifestyles and notes that offer precise textual info, this e-book often is the definitive reader's and scholar's variation of Niedecker's work.
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Her writing explored folk models and, in particular, the short metrical rhymes of Mother Goose—poems of anonymous authorship, of proletarian origin, and of subtly subversive intent. Another signiﬁcant shift occurred in 1938 when Niedecker began work in Madison for the federal Work Project Administration (WPA). There she was a writer and research editor with the Federal Writers’ Project, helping to compile Wisconsin: A Guide to the Badger State. The job focused her atten9. Lorine Niedecker: Woman & Poet 88.
The recording is held at Simon Fraser University in the Contemporary Literature Collection. p. Life and Writing 11 Lorine Niedecker . . will be remembered long and warmly in England, a country she never visited. She was, in the estimation of many, the most interesting woman poet America has yet produced. Her work was austere, free of all ornament, relying on the fundamental rhythms of concise statement, so that to many readers it must have seemed strange and bare. She was only beginning to be appreciated when she died, but I have no doubt at all that in 10 years time Wisconsin will know that she was its most considerable literary ﬁgure.
9 During the period 1935–1936, she made a shift from overt surrealist experiment toward a poetry attuned to political and social immediacies: “Looking around in America, working I hope with a more direct consciousness than in the past. . ”10 She had read Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and, although not a member of the Communist Party, was committed to social reform. Her writing explored folk models and, in particular, the short metrical rhymes of Mother Goose—poems of anonymous authorship, of proletarian origin, and of subtly subversive intent.